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Before You Get Settled, Make these changes Immediately

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on July 28, 2015 in  Buyers
The process of purchasing a home may seem never ending and once you have closed and finally have the keys in your hand, know that the work is not over!  Before you start moving in boxes and begin unpacking, there are a few mundane tasks you should take care of.   Change the Locks: This is one of the most important things to do once the home is finally yours.  It’s not that you don’t trust the sellers; it’s that you don’t know everyone who came in contact with those ... read more

How to Give Stainless Appliances a Shine

Coldwell Banker Home Tip of the Day
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on July 24, 2015 in  uncategorized

Stainless steel appliances give any home an upscale and modern feel, unless they’re dirty and scuffed up with stains and fingerprints. Keep them looking like new by using this widely used cooking ingredient to give them a sparkle.

Repairs You May Encounter in the First 5 Years

Life as a Homeowner
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on July 22, 2015 in  Home Maintenance
Fact is your home will need repairs through the years regardless if it is a newly constructed home or a home on the historic registry.  Here are 5 common household repairs you will likely encounter during your first five years of homeownership.   1. Leaky Faucets/Running Toilets: Leaky faucets and running toilets are not only annoying, but costly.  The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water annually as a result ... read more

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How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation
Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on July 16, 2015 in  Albert Lea  Northfield Real Estate  Owatonna
Does an exotic summer vacation sound good to you but just doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now? If so, consider planning a staycation.  It’s the perfect way to take a break from the routine of life that doesn’t involve packing or passports!    The ultimate staycation starts with a little planning, so use these ideas as your guide to a few days of summertime freedom!   Pamper Yourself: What says relaxation more than a day at the spa?  Pamper yoursel... read more
Baby boomers are reaching retirement age at a rate faster now than ever before.  If you or your parents fall into this category it may be time to start considering options for the next phase in life.  That phase being retirement.   Downsizing not only helps with adjusting to the “less is more” lifestyle, but can also help baby boomers enjoy their newfound freedom.  Here are 6 advantages to why it might be a good time to leave the large family home behind.   ... read more
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